Prior to joining the Institute and his role in New Delhi, Rizvi served as the Foundation's Deputy Director for Governance and Civil Society, as a program officer in the Foundation's Asia division, and as the Asia Society's director of contemporary affairs. He also held several positions at Oxford University. The founder and editor of Contemporary South Asia, an academic and policy studies journal, Rizvi is the author or editor of several books including South Asia in a Changing International Order, South Asian Insecurity and the Great Powers. A Rhodes Scholar, he received his D. Phil. from Trinity College, University of Oxford. He will soon be stepping down from his position at the Kennedy School to take a senior position at a very large philanthropic fund in the Middle East.